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Simon Turner
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Broker’s Comments

Vripack Research 2000 LUCKY JACK is a proper little ship, originally built at Kuipers Shipyard to unmistakable designs by Vripack, she is based on the Doggersbank series. Whilst she is perfect for serious passage making, the charm of her design and build is that she can be handled without the need for crew as you wish, or with a minimum number. This makes her suitable for family, owner-driver cruising.

The original build with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure is both robust and finely finished. She has a fantastic bridge with all round visibility and a lovely deck saloon. She also has a lot of deck space and large areas for alfresco dining. She has four sleeping cabins all of which are en-suite.

Between 2019 and 2021, LUCKY JACK was substantially refitted at the De Gier Shipyard in Holland in order to fit her for a world cruise to the high latitudes This plan has now been shelved, and this ocean ready explorer is now available for sale in full cruising trim.

The refit was all-encompassing, but the list below incorporates the main headline works:

  • Stern extension to Lloyds.
  • Stainless steel bow protector.
  • New Awlgrip midnight blue topside paint.
  • Rework of the underwater body and new antifouling.
  • All portlights removed and refitted and new storm boards fitted.
  • Custom built RIB tender to commercial standards.
  • New custom built hydraulic crane mast.
  • New custom built antenna mast, hydraulic lowering.
  • Engines and generators totally serviced.
  • Fuel tanks opened and cleaned.
  • New engine room and lazarette ventilation.
  • 230/400V AC system total upgrade.
  • 24V DC system – replaced.
  • Freshwater tanks opened and cleaned and water system overhauled.
  • Grey and black water tanks opened and cleaned and systems overhauled.
  • Hydraulic system overhauled.
  • Rudders removed and refurbished.
  • New Fire Pro system in engine room and lazarette.
  • Full overhaul of the air conditioning systems.
  • New Kabola central heating.
  • Maretron system fitted.
  • New Furuno network navigation system with professional Doppler radar.
  • New communications and Wi-Fi system.
  • New soft furnishings throughout.
  • New LED lighting system throughout.
  • New deckhead and side panels.
  • New carpets.
  • New Corian surfaces.
  • New galley equipment with Miele.
  • New layout and control system for the pilothouse.

These works are incorporated into the specification and badged as 2021 refit items for clarity. There is a full refit list available on request.

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Owner’s Comments

We bought LUCKY JACK in 2017 from her first owner for a long planned family cruise to the higher latitudes. After some initial light use and testing, we hired an experienced refit manager and put her in a comprehensive refit in Holland. This was to fully prepare LUCKY JACK for our planned 3-year sabbatical cruise, which should take us from Europe to Iceland, Greenland and through the NW Passage to Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, later returning to Europe via Patagonia.

LUCKY JACK was designed by Vripack, the inventors of the explorer yacht concept, and built to Lloyds by one of the best custom yards for explorer yachts in this size, Kuipers Yachtbouw in Holland, with many acclaimed Vripack Doggersbank custom yachts to their credit. We are life-long sailors with a number of ocean crossings under our belt, and we specifically singled out a Vripack – Kuipers vessel for our first power yacht. LUCKY JACK suits our plans exceptionally well, with a stainless steel bow section, fully protected propellers, a big ship style pilothouse and a general layout that is perfectly suited for extended cruising in both warm and cold climates. She can be safely managed by an owner-operator couple alone, and also comfortably accommodate 6 + 2 in great comfort for extended cruising.

During the refit LUCKY JACK was further improved by a stern extension, designed and CFD tested by Marimecs, that improves both speed and fuel consumption as well as a working platform for access to the water, and a new hydraulic crane mast with a “SUV”-style tender custom built in NZ to fit to its boat deck storage location. Other improvements include a hydronic heating system and all new 24VDC installation and Nav/Comms. LUCKY JACK is now technically and cosmetically better that new and ready for any adventure a new owner might dream of.

The current Covid-19 pandemic delayed the refit and the start of our cruise in 2020, and will keep us from departing in time for a 2021 North Atlantic crossing to the NW Passage. Now that Canada has closed its arctic waters until at least February 2022, the time window for the sabbatical cruise has closed for part of our family. We therefore now have decided to explore the option of a sale today, as LUCKY JACK is not best suited for local cruising, until a next time-window might open up for the family.

We sea-trialed LUCKY JACK in the fall of 2020 and early 2021 to the full satisfaction of the refit team. She is ready to go, with only minor final commissioning jobs to complete. Equipment already purchased ranges from a full set of tools on board for autonomy, to all new sets of household items, like tableware and kitchen equipment to cabin supplies like mattresses, linen and towels. Further, a qualifying buyer could take advantage of the possibility to add his/her final personal touches to LUCKY JACK tax free while still in The Netherlands, and assume the full 1-year refit warranty available from the shipyard running to July 2022.


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Yacht Details
  1. Builder: Kuipers / The Netherlands
  2. Model: Vripack Research 2000
  3. Yacht Name: LUCKY JACK
  4. Hull Designer: Vripack / The Netherlands
  5. Year Built: 1998 , Refit(s): 2018-2021
  6. LOA: 75’2” / 22.90m
  7. LWL: 65’ / 19.82m
  8. Beam: 19’4” / 5.90m
  9. Min Draft / Max Draft: 6’11” / 2.10m
  10. Displacement: 86,210kg / 190,061lb
  11. Berths: 8 berths in 4 cabin(s) / 5 head/WC(s)
  12. Engine Count: 2 Cummins N-855-M 6 cylinders (195hp) Diesel
  13. Country: Naarden, The Netherlands
  14. Asking Price: €1,750,000, + VAT
Contact Details
sue-grant-18, Berthon Brokerage

Sue Grant
Berthon Yacht Sales
Tel: 0044 (0)1590 679 222
E-Mail: sue.grant@berthon.co.uk
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Your Local Broker, Internationally

Berthon UK
(Lymington, Hampshire - UK)

Sue Grant
sue.grant@berthon.co.uk
0044 (0)1590 679 222

Berthon France
(Mandelieu La Napoule, France)

Bruno Kairet
bruno.kairet@berthonfrance.fr
0033 (0)4 93 63 66 80

Berthon Scandinavia
(Henån, Sweden)

Magnus Kullberg
magnus.kullberg@berthonscandinavia.se
0046 304 694 000

Berthon Spain
(Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Simon Turner
simon.turner@berthonspain.com
0034 639 701 234

Berthon USA
(Rhode Island, USA)

Jennifer Stewart
jennifer.stewart@berthonusa.com
001 401 846 8404


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